The Hollywood Reporter’s best stories of the week
The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week:
RULE BREAKERS 2013: ‘DUCK DYNASTY,’ BOWIE AND ‘BREAKING BAD’
THR’s third annual year-end celebration of entertainment’s movers and shaker-uppers — from ‘Gravity’s Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron to Netflix’ Ted Sarandos.
‘DUCK DYNASTY’ STARS DON’T MIND KNOCKOFFS AND IMITATORS: WE NEED ‘CLEAN TELEVISION’
H: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Stars Don’t Mind Knockoffs and Imitators: We Need ‘Clean Television’
D: “We’re just kind of doin’ what we do, and people identify with that,” Jase Robertson tells THR of the series that regularly lures 9 million-plus viewers to A&E.
‘DUCK DYNASTY’S’ PHIL ROBERTSON ON INDEFINITE HIATUS FOLLOWING ANTI-GAY REMARKS
UPDATED: The news comes after the reality star compared being gay to bestiality, drawing ire from LGBT groups including GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.
‘DESPICABLE ME 2’ MASTERMIND: MY DAD WAS A DISRUPTOR, TOO
Chris Meledandri, whose sequel grossed almost $1 billion, recalls his fashion designer father bringing Italian-style clothes to big cities: “If you were dressing in his clothes in New York or California, you were breaking a rule.”
JOHN SINGLETON ON HOLLYWOOD’S ‘SLAVERY ZEITGEIST’ (GUEST COLUMN)
The acclaimed director on how Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” ″Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’” and “12 Years a Slave” were made outside the studio system, and what’s next for African-American movies: “The chains on what can be made and what can’t in Hollywood have been unshackled.”
TED SARANDOS’ ‘GO BIG OR GO HOME’ GAMBLE: AN ANALYST TAKES STOCK
Richard Greenfield writes that originals like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” — with their big-budget productions and A-list talent and binge viewing potential — are widening the rift between what customers want and what traditional TV provides.
‘BREAKING BAD’S’ VINCE GILLIGAN, BRYAN CRANSTON PEN MUTUAL FAN LETTERS
For The Hollywood Reporter’s Rule Breakers 2013 issue, the pair, photographed together, trade notes on what drove ‘Breaking Bad’ to record ratings.
HOW TO TURN 3 TEEN MOVIES INTO $26 MILLION AND COUNTING
A24, the hot indie behind James Franco’s “Consider This Sh_” campaign for “Spring Breakers,” used viral marketing of smart acquisitions “The Bling Ring” and “The Spectacular Now” for box office gold.
HOW MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY CHANGED THE NARRATIVE OF HIS CAREER (GUEST COLUMN)
“Mud” producer Lisa Marie Falcone on the 44-year-old actor’s turn from rom-com lead to acting tour de force: “I see this intensity in his eyes, you know this guy is going to kill it.”
TRENT REZNOR’S HEARTFELT TRIBUTE ABOUT DAVID BOWIE (GUEST COLUMN)
The Nine Inch Nails frontman attests that Bowie’s first album in 10 years, “The Next Day,” which beat Beyonce to the surprise album punch, is more evidence that he “is in the very top tier of artists.”
MARK BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNEY: HOW ‘THE BIBLE’S’ POWER COUPLE WORK TOGETHER
The executive-producing husband and wife on “kicking down doors” to take the project — now the top-selling miniseries DVD of all time — as well as preparing its sequel, plus a feature film version, “Son of God.”